Written by AFL Online on 2nd Jul 2013
West Coast’s Matt Priddis crowds have every right to vent their feelings towards Jobe Watson over his banned substance abuse.
The Essendon skipper has come in for some fierce criticism following his revelation to using a WADA-banned anti-weight gain substance last year – at the time a drug that his club cleared him to use.
While the AFL Brownlee Medallist has maintained he has done nothing wrong, it hasn’t stopped opposition supporters from making their feelings extremely clear.
None more so than the West Coast fans during their defeat to Watson’s Essendon side, with the under-fire midfielder starring with 29 possessions and two goals to help the visitors to a seven-point win that wasn’t really a surprise to those who saw the pre-match betting aussie rules odds on the bet365 site.
But while some have claimed supporters shouldn’t single-out Watson for abuse, Priddis says it’s pointless trying to censor crowds and those who pay to attend a game have a time-honoured right to express their feelings.
“Sledging and booing has been going on for as long as the game has been played,” Priddis admitted following the game.
“We’ve had players here who have been booed every time they’ve played in Melbourne. It’s just part of the game sometimes.
“People are entitled to their opinions. They pay their money to come to the game.
“Personally it’s something I probably wouldn’t do, but you can’t control 36,000 people.”
While opposition fans will continue to boo Watson following his revelation, Essendon fans will just be hoping the 28-year old can maintain his current form and keep leading the team to victories between now and the end of the season.